So, let's look at a couple of ads for Betty Crocker mixes that I believe are now obsolete. Glamour Desserts! Here are mixes for meringue and cream puffs from 1958:
The Question: "Where can I get (almost) everything I need to bake a cake in one box?". The Answer: Betty's Answer Cake! "Just look at how much fun you can have!" I'll say! (from 1956)
And now - one of the most recent additions to the Betty Crocker line of mixes from General Foods - Cupcake Mix! And the box is even pretty cute:
I actually prefer to make cakes from scratch (I rarely dare because I would eat almost the whole thing, and that's never good), but I bought this mix because I saw a cobbler recipe somewhere on a blog that called for Jiffy Cake Mix and they didn't have it at my store. This cupcake mix is nearly the same size in weight as that mix, so I thought I'd try it instead. Well, I never did make it and now I don't remember where the recipe was, and, anyway, I'm afraid to make it now because - you got it - I'm afraid I would eat almost the whole thing myself. Trying not to do that kind of stuff. Wish me luck.